California’s U.S. Senate race may be a lot more unpredictable than expected, and that’s not good news for the Republicans in the race.
Recent opinion polls have consistently shown two Democrats, California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Orange, in first and second place, respectively. Trailing behind, in varying order, have been three Republicans: Tom Del Beccaro and George “Duf” Sundheim, both former chairmen of the California Republican Party; and Silicon Valley businessman Ron Unz, who championed a 1998 initiative to end bilingual education.
But those poll results are misleading, since voters surveyed were only asked to rank those candidates, said Paul Mitchell, vice president of consulting firm Political Data Inc.